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Jun 4, 2017

Earnest Money Disputes in Arizona


Settling Earnest Money Disputes
Generally speaking, most earnest money disputes are governed by the contract itself and here in Arizona most purchases are made with the Arizona Association of Realtors' (AAR) purchase contract. Sections three and seven of the contract address earnest money disputes. 

Mediation
Section seven of the purchase contract states that the Arizona buyer and seller must mediate before taking any legal action. This mediation can take place either through a private mediatore or the AAR Dispute Resolution System.

Cost - Benefit Analysis
When is an earnest money dispute worth litigating over? In many instances disputes over earnest money just aren't worth litigating, especially surrounding the purchase of residential properties. When dealing with commercial real estate purchases the money placed in escrow can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.